Tighter security in schools pushed after robbery, harassment of CamSur teachers

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Posted at Aug 11 2022 05:46 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2022 01:09 PM

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Parents watch their children enter the Ricardo P Cruz St. Elementary School in Taguig City during the first day of the pilot face-to-face classes in the National Capital Region on Dec. 6, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA — A teachers' group on Thursday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) and local government units to impose stricter security in schools after several teachers were robbed and sexually harassed in Camarines Sur.

Teachers' Dignity Coalition National Chairperson Benjo Basas said schools or the DepEd can hire security guards or local government units can deploy barangay watchmen in the school's vicinity.

"We must ensure the safety of our children and school personnel," Basas said in a statement.

The group issued the call after an armed suspect entered the premises of a public school in Ocampo, Camarines Sur, and robbed from and molested at least 4 teachers.

"This violence perpetrated against our hapless teachers is deplorable and we condemn it in the strongest terms. We call on our law enforcement authorities for a speedy investigation to bring the culprits to justice," Basas said.

The DepEd condemned the sexual abuse committed against the teachers.

"We denounce any acts of violence and injustice towards our teachers, who have been showing their dedication and effort to deliver equitable, resilient, inclusive, and quality education to our learners," the agency said in a statement on Friday. 

DepEd said it would support the teachers throughout the investigation, and provide them with needed aid, including financial assistance and psychosocial intervention.

The agency also said it was drafting a joint memorandum circular with the interior and budget departments to emphasize using the Special Education Fund (SEF) to hire at least one security personnel per school, as well as repair and build school buildings.

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